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LOS ANGELES — What a scene it was before Sunday night’s nationally-televised joust featuring the first-place Red Sox against the first-place Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
It was the one-year anniversary of the biggest trade in baseball history, the $262-million, nine-player blockbuster that changed the landscape for both franchises.
Pre-game in the Sox clubhouse, we had Ryan Dempster explaining the he was not upset when David Ortiz told USA Today he “didn’t like” Dempster hitting A-Rod last weekend. In the dugout, John Farrell said he was OK with Jon Lester’s snappishness after Lester was pulled from Saturday’s brilliant start. Behind the batting cage we had Adrian Gonzalez talking to some of his ex-Sox teammates who pretended to be happy to see the Cooler. Carl Crawford, meanwhile, continued to avoid anyone who’s ever set foot in Boston and said he would never eat the cream pie for which the city is named.